“I should have taken iodine in 1986 for Chernobyl”


Does France have sufficient iodine stocks?


“The Central Armed Forces Pharmacy seems to have enough pills in stock for all citizens. That’s what she says anyway, but I don’t have proof. There are stocks dispatched by department and by zone around the plants. I was able to check that of the Drôme: there is not a sufficient quantity in relation to the population. In the event of a nuclear accident, I have no proof that we would have iodine for all of France. But the whole country will not necessarily be affected in the same way and we can imagine transfers. »


Should the French take iodine in the event of a nuclear accident in Ukraine?


“A significant release of radioactivity can reach France if there is a major accident in Ukraine, 24 or 48 hours later. The first thing to do is to confine yourself. If there is a real risk of contamination, it will be necessary to take iodine tablets just before going out and exposing yourself. »

The lessons of Chernobyl have not been learned.


Was the threshold of 50 millisievert set today for the Orsec plan reached in France in 1986 during Chernobyl?


“We have proof of this a posteriori for the East and South-East regions. The deposits of radioactive iodine would have warranted the distribution of iodine tablets, the confinement of people and the withdrawal of consumer products. The lessons of Chernobyl have not been learned. A nuclear accident is unmanageable. As a result, we set very high limits to act. »


What do you think of the recommendation to take iodine for up to seven days in a row?


“It’s total nonsense. With two tablets, the thyroid of an adult is saturated for at least several days, the time to reach a zone where there is no risk. What is worrying is that the “iodine” plans do not provide a solution for delivering the pellets to the population who will be confined. »


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